Building engineering schools provide training for students interested in careers where they help design a building's structure and various systems that make it functional. This training can take the form of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in civil engineering, which might offer concentrations in areas like construction or structural engineering.
10 Engineering Schools
This table lists a few of the schools around the country that offer training programs for aspiring building engineers.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degree's Offered||Tuition and Fees (In-state, 2015-2016)*|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral||$46,704 (undergraduate), $49,272 (graduate)|
|Stanford University||Stanford, CA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral||$46,320 (undergraduate), $46,320 (graduate)|
|University of California - Berkeley||Berkeley, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral||$13,431 (undergraduate), $13,431 (graduate)|
|California Institute of Technology||Pasadena, CA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Master's & Doctoral||$45,390 (graduate)|
|University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign||Champaign, IL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral||$15,054 (undergraduate), $18,041 (graduate)|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral||$50,665 (undergraduate), $41,371 (graduate)|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||Atlanta, GA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral||$12,204 (undergraduate), $15,644 (graduate)|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral||$13,856 (undergraduate), $20,966 (graduate)|
|Cornell University||Ithaca, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral||$49,116 (undergraduate), $29,581 (graduate)|
|Purdue University||West Lafayette, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral||$10,002 (undergraduate), $10,002 (graduate)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
College Selection Criteria
Students interested in building engineering programs may want to keep these considerations in mind:
- Since building engineers typically work in teams, schools should provide experience working on group projects with engineers, architects and contractors. This experience could come in the form of labs and fieldwork at architectural and engineering firms, construction companies and building material suppliers.
- A program should train students in design, analysis, mechanics and structural behavior among other topics.
- Due to the increasing need to build environmentally friendly structures, it's best to consider schools and colleges offering courses in sustainable building systems.
- Many state building engineering licensing boards require candidates to hold degrees from schools and colleges accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Aspiring building engineers can pursue a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in fields like civil engineering. Before enrolling, students should make sure their program is accredited and offers plenty of hands-on training opportunities as well as sustainable design courses.